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The Hershey Company’s commitment to cocoa sustainability

3 July 2012 | By Andy McCormick, Vice President Public Affairs, The Hershey Company

The Hershey Company, famous for its chocolate bars, Hershey Kisses and Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, is actively engaged in a broad range of sustainability initiatives that are making a difference in the livelihoods of cocoa communities across West Africa. In fact, the company’s support for cocoa communities goes back more…

Cocoa sector close to reaching tipping point in sustainability

3 July 2012 | By Han de Groot, Executive Director, UTZ CERTIFIED

More and more people are getting familiar with the word sustainability. It is after all everyone’s future that is at stake. Although the concept sustainability is winning terrain, it is still not a ‘reason to buy’ for consumers. Only five per cent are willing to pay more for a product…

Extrusion of precooked pasta

1 May 2012 | By Mian N. Riaz, Head Extrusion Technology Program, Food Protein R&D Center, Texas A&M University and Brian Plattner, Process Engineering Manager, Wenger Manufacturing Co

Pasta is a common source of carbohydrates in our diet today. Production and consumption of pasta products vary depending on the region of the world and culinary traditions within a society. Italy ranks as the highest consumer of pasta in the world at nearly 26 kilograms per capita, which is…

Herbicide residues in genetically modified, herbicide-resistant crops

1 May 2012 | By Gijs A Kleter, RIKILT; John B Unsworth, Private Consultant and Caroline A Harris, Exponent International

Global agriculture has witnessed a continuously increasing adoption of genetically modified (GM) crops, both in terms of the area covered with these crops and the number of countries where these crops are grown. In 2011, the total worldwide acreage of these crops amounted to 160 million hectares, with the top…

LCMS as a reliable tool for monitoring food allergens contamination

1 May 2012 | By Linda Monaci, National Research Council of Italy (ISPA-CNR)

Food allergen research has considerably expanded its field of interest in recent years probably due to the increasing incidence of food allergies throughout the population. According to the last legislation issued on this issue, there is a current trend to develop reliable methods tailored to the detection of food allergens…

The changing face of water stewardship: It’s about much more than philanthropy

1 May 2012 | By Daniel W. Bena, Senior Director of Sustainable Development, PepsiCo, Inc and Tara Acharya, Director of Global Health and Agriculture Policy, PepsiCo, Inc

As the title suggests, the concept and practice of water stewardship in the food and beverage industry has seen some significant evolution over the past decade. Part of this evolution was natural, but much of it, arguably, was the result of external stressors and diverse stakeholder voices which facilitated this…

Research for industrial implementation

6 March 2012 | By Astrid Stevik, Research Scientist, SINTEF

In 2007, the Norwegian Research Council and several other funders enabled the (so far) largest competence building project in Norway within superchilling of fresh food, KMB Competitive Food Processing in Norway. SINTEF Energy Research has conducted the work together with dedicated industrial and research partners, and after five years of…

On-line NIR for monitoring and control of fat in batches of meat trimmings

5 March 2012 | By Jens Petter Wold, Nofima AS

In the meat industry, the profit margins are small and profitability depends on optimal utilisation of the carcasses. From slaughter to final product, the industry controls much of the production according to certain quality criteria such as muscle quality, fat and connective tissue content. One of the main products from…

Ensuring water quality in food processing

5 March 2012 | By Anett Winkler and Dirk Nikoleski, EHEDG Members

Water is used in food processing for many different purposes. Among other applications it is used in direct contact with the food or food contact surfaces (as an ingredient, steam, etc) or indirectly as a processing aid. Therefore, water quality used in a food manufacturing plant has to be managed…

Beverage Supplement 2011

5 January 2012 | By Jos Oostendorp, Packaging Specialist, Royal Grolsch Brewery / Josef Kerler and Luigi Poisson, Aroma and Taste Modulation Group, Nestlé Product Technology Centre / Jim Wilson, Director Product Commercialisation, Coca-Cola Refreshments

Has the role of packaging changed? (Jos Oostendorp, Packaging Specialist, Royal Grolsch Brewery)Understanding coffee aroma for new product development (Josef Kerler and Luigi Poisson, Aroma and Taste Modulation Group, Nestlé Product Technology Centre)Taking a closer look at soft drink processing (Jim Wilson, Director Product Commercialisation, Coca-Cola Refreshments)

HACCP: The rise of the prerequisites

4 January 2012 | By John Holah and Edyta Margas, Campden BRI and Robert Hagburg, Benjamin Warren, Judy Fraser-Heaps and Sara Mortimore, Land O’Lakes

This article introduces concepts and ideas about the nature and potential control of microbiological cross-contamination in a food manufacturing environment. The concepts and opinions shared do not necessarily represent the policies and/or programs used by the companies represented by the authors. Microbiological cross-contamination has been a contributing factor to several…

Persistence of listeria monocytogenes in equipment and premises

4 January 2012 | By Brigitte Carpentier, Senior Scientist, ANSES and Olivier Cerf, Professor Emeritus, Alfort Veterinary School

Severe listeriosis (which can cause meningitis, septicemia, or still birth) is an infrequent foodborne illness. Yet, because of its high lethality (between 15 and 30 per cent) its causal agent, Listeria monocytogenes, is perceived as a major threat. Outbreaks of listeriosis were not overly common over the last 30 years,…

The right side of the law

4 January 2012 | By John Hammond, Head of Information & Legislation, Campden BRI

Food legislation is highly complex and impacts on all aspects of the food industry from production, packaging to distribution and marketing. Food laws are a vital element in industrialised and developing countries alike, ensuring the food that consumers purchase and eat is safe and has been marketed honestly. It is…

Application of non-destructive techniques for the monitoring of red wine fermentation

4 January 2012 | By Susanna Buratti and Gabriella Giovanelli, Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Milan

The rapid pace of change in the wine industry calls for fast methods providing real time information in order to assure the quality of the final product. NIR and MIR spectroscopy combined with sensory-instrumental methods (electronic nose and electronic tongue) can provide an ideal solution to monitor molecular and sensory…

Conveyor belt standards

1 November 2011 | By Helen Difford, New Food Editor

Food contact materials are all materials and articles that are intended to come into contact with foodstuffs, as well as those in contact with water intended for human consumption. As a general rule, FDA legislation is based on positive lists and maximum quantities of substances to be used, while EU…